Abraham Cruzvillegas — La Senora de Las Nueces


Painting, performance, sculpture, mixed media

Abraham Cruzvillegas
La Senora de Las Nueces

Ends in about 1 month: January 23 → February 27, 2021

In the mid 1960’s, some kids from the Eastern Mexican village of Las Limas, in the habit of breaking nuts on a stone from a dirt road. In an attempt to extract the rock, two of them discovered a mysterious sculpture which will become an emblematic art work of the Olmec culture. Las Limas Monument 1 (El Señor de Las Limas) (900-400 B.C.) depicts a sitting figure whose body’s surface is incised with countless symbolic patterns with sacred references. In its arms, lies the loosen body of a were-jaguar baby, perhaps a rain or a fertility god. The back of this sculpture is flattened, and shows two symmetric cavities, probably made to facilitate transportation on a man’s back. However, many uncertainties remain as to both the method used to go from one point to another, and its relevance.

Inspired by the stories around this iconic sculpture since long time ago, Abraham Cruzvillegas will present in his exhibition a dozen of new sculptures created with reused materials. In the days before the opening of the show, the artist will complete these portable sculptures by moving them on his back, across Paris, to the places that are dear to him. Several large prints and unique monotypes —abstracted patterns from a Parisian map of the places visited by the artist, hybridized with his sculptures’ shapes— will be hung on the walls of the gallery. Lastly, a video of the French archaeologist and pre-Columbian P’urhépecha culture specialist Patricia Carot, breaking nuts on a stone, with the same simple and ancestral gestures available to men then, will be displayed.

Each week of the exhibition’s duration, a conversation will be organized between the artist and a guest of his choice, in the space of the exhibition. These recorded talks will be available in replay on the gallery’s website.

Abraham Cruzvillegas is a Mexican artist born in 1968, who lives and works in Paris, where he teaches at the École des Beaux-Arts. His work, may it be performative, sculptural or pictural, is the expression of human reality itself: unstable, raw, contradictory, and unpredictable. He has also participated in many great museum and institution exhibitions worldwide, such as the Aspen Art Museum, U.S.A. (2019); The Kitchen, New York, U.S.A. (2018); the Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (2018); the Carré d’Art, Nîmes, France (2016); the Museo Jumex, Mexique (2014); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, U.S.A. (2013) or the Modern Art Oxford, U.K. (2011), or The Bass Museum in Miami, U.S.A., where his current project ‘Agua Dulce’ will be displayed until April, 2021. Recent important biennials involve the Sharjah Biennal 12 (2015), the Documenta 13 (2012), the 9th Gwangju Biennial (2012) and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).